Arts Project Australia, The world around us, Will Murray Rivers of Gold, 2017

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially engaged festival of ideas, exhibitions and events. Presenting more than 30 curated exhibitions across Melbourne and regional Victoria, two theatre premieres, public programs and keynote lectures the 2019 festival considers ideas and concepts around art and activism, community engagement, energy transition and accelerated action on climate change.

One exhibition on is The World Around Us which provides seven artist’s local environment, detailing their interests and concerns. Featuring artists Eden Menta, Will Murray, Georgia Szmerling, Miles Howard-Wilks, Anthony Romagnano, Lachlan Turk and Aiden Sefo have created work highlighting the environmental challenges faced in their local world through the process of walking the same paths over a year. The exhibition is showing at Arts Project Australia, Northcote, May 4 – 8 June.

Isadora Vaughan: Gaia Not The Goddess reconsiders the basic properties of materials and their capacity to suggest meaning beyond themselves—poetic, political, organic or otherwise. For this installation, Vaughan has worked with bio-composite materials that have lately been gaining traction in debates around sustainable development: fungal mycelium and a compound of hemp and lime. This exhibition is showing at Heidi Museum of Modern Art, now until 23 June.

John Wolseley, The pearl fishers voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay, detail, 1985–89, sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas

Heather Hesterman Survey: Multiples investigates intersections of place, ecology, education and science, providing the viewer with a space to observe and navigate each object as part of a terrain, like points on a map. Exhibition is at Shepparton Art Museum, now until 20 June.

John Wolseley & Mulkin Wirrpanda: Molluscs / Maypal and the Warming of the Seaspresents Wolseley’s ten metre long, six panel panoramic watercolour The pearl fisher’s voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay, 1985-89. This immersive installation sees Wolseley and senior Yolgnu artist and clan leader Mulkun Wirrpanda extend their decade-long collaboration. The exhibition is on at Geelong Gallery, now until 2 June.

Other highlights include Some Significant Equations, inspired by two significant papers written in the ‘60s by Japanese-born, American meteorologist and climatologist Syukuro Manabe who developed a global mathematical model to simulate climate change. Presented by acclaimed UK artist Liam Gillick, the artwork is wrapped around the corner of Swanston Street and Masson Road at The Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, now until 2 June.

See the full list of events and exhibitions for the festival on their website here!


Dates: 23 April - 19 May 2019 Location: Multiple venues. See website for full details Times: Times vary Art Climate Change Website